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RINFRET, Jean Albert Joseph

April 29, 1950 – April 1, 2012

We are sad to announce the passing of Jean Albert Joseph Rinfret on Sunday, April 1, 2012. He leaves behind his wife of thirty-five years, Helen Rinfret; daughter Jennifer (Kurt) Ellison and grandchildren Isabella and Donovan; as well as daughter Pamela (Marc Berube) Berube–Rinfret and grandson, Alexander. Jean also leaves behind his sisters Denyse Rinfret, Claire (Jean-Guy) Gauthier; a brother Pierre (Sonia Debray) Rinfret; a sister-in-law Michelle Rinfret; nephew Dominique (Martine Comiere) Gauthier; as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins in Quebec.

Jean was predeceased by his father, Maurice; his mother, Jeanne; brother, Andre; nephew, Jean-Francois; mother and father-in-law Margaret and Eli Raffay; and brother-in-law, Jerry Raffay.

Jean was born in Shawinigan, Quebec. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1969 within the Air Force Branch and achieved the rank of Master Warrant Officer. Jean had a passionate love of photography that became his career choice. For twenty-six years he travelled with the military, giving him and his family the opportunity to see the world. Upon his retirement, Jean moved to Calgary, Alberta where he worked for Metro Ford, The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and finally Supply Chain Management. Jean had a love of sports and was an avid golfer, bowler and fisherman. He spent many weeks devoted to his latest past time at Chain Lakes with his fishing buddy, Deb. His generous spirit allowed Jean to touch the lives of his many friends and co-workers in a positive and enduring manner. He passed on to his children his sense of honesty, integrity and devotion.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

An Honour Guard will be present at the Memorial Service held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, Bladder Research, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca . or directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.

In living memory of Jean Rinfret, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Josée Riopel :

    To the family,
    I want to tell you that I share your sadness in these dificults days. Helen, my condolences to you.
    Je ne peux être présente avec vous, mais sachez que mes pensées vous accompagnent dans ce deuil!Jean a fait preuve de beaucoup de courage dans l’épreuve!Je souhaite que son souvenir vous aide à vivre la suite.
    Amicalement,
    JOSÉE

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  2. Willard Kimble & Trish Bowen :

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you in this difficult time.

    Will & Trish.

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  3. Guy Rinfret :

    Our most sincere condolences to Jean’s family.

    Jean, I will keep forever your last e-mail some days before you left for what they say: “a better world” .

    No more sufferings Jean ..no more sufferings and that’s my only consolation.

    Your cousin and his wife,

    Guy Rinfret & Jocelyne Lebrun

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  4. Hélène de Bray ( tante de Sonia) :

    Mes condoléances à toute la famille.

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  5. Jean,

    I bowled with you for a few years on wednesday nights, you were a positive and kind gentleman, and a fantastic bowler.
    To hear of your passing was a shock, I hope your memory sustains your family through a difficult and sad time.

    All the very best to your family, and it was a pleasure knowing you, Blessings

    George Legeas

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  6. Beat et Suzanne Immer --Brisson :

    Suzanne is the aunt of Sonia Debray and live in Switerland.
    Message to Pierre Rinfret:
    Cher Pierre nous t’adressons toutes nos meilleures pensées à l’occasion du décès de ton frère Jean, que tu as pu revoir avec Sonia il y a quelques semaines.
    Reçois cher Pierre toutes nos condoléances que tu peux transmettre à la famille proche de ton frère.
    Suzanne et Beat.

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  7. Edith Cuerrier :

    So sorry to hear of the passing of a fellow retired military photographer. Jean was my QL5 instructor in Borden in the early 1980s. My prayers and thoughts go out to all his family and friends.

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  8. Jack & Bonnie Roussel :

    Helen,
    I just found out you were living in Calgary.It is with sincere regrets that we have to find friends,after they have passed. Our condolences & prayers are with you & your family at this time of sorrow. May the peace of the Lord be with you always!

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  9. Jeannine, Michel, Mimi, Hélène, Lisette et Suzanne Désilets :

    Denise, Claire et Pierre Rinfret,

    Chères cousines, cher cousin,

    Nos pensées vous accompagnent en ce moment de deuil et nous vous offrons tout notre réconfort.

    Nous vous prions de transmettre également nos sincères condoléances à votre belle-soeur Helen, ses filles et tous les membres de la famille éprouvés par cette épreuve.

    Avec toute notre affection.

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  10. René et Manon Charland amis de Pierre et Sonia :

    À la famille de Pierre
    et spécialement pour Pierre et Sonia,
    Nous sommes attristés par cette annonce du décès de ton frère (et beau frère) et nos pensées sont pour vous qui traversez cette pénible épreuve.
    Transmettez nos plus sincères condoléances aux vôtres. On vous embrasse et on pense à vous,
    Manon et René

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  11. Jean,
    What does one say in a short paragraph about a man that meant so much to so many people? in a word it is impossible. You were a loving and devoted husband, a kind and loving father and I’m sure your grand children would say that you spoiled them rotten. Having had to bowl against you I was glad to have you on my side for the last few seasons that I bowled in Calgary. You will be missed dearly by all of your family and friends. My sincere condolences go out to your loving wife Helen, your loving daughters Jennifer and Pamela and the rest of your family..
    R.I.P Jean
    Tim Taylor

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  12. Serge Morin :

    My sinceres condolence to the family
    I was a CF photographer (Sgt)I worked with Jean at CFB Bagotville and he was my teacher in Borden in 1983.It,s sad to loose such a great man.

    Sicerely

    Serge Morin

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  13. Paul Trotéchaud et Sylvie Houde :

    A Claire, Denise et Pierre ainsi qu’à leur
    conjoint et conjointe

    Un mot pour vous dire que nos pensées sont avec vous

    Sincères condoléances

    Cousin Paul et Sylvie

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  14. Jocelyn Lévesque :

    C’est avec une grande peine que je viens d’apprendre la triste nouvelle du décès de Jean. Il fut, pendant de nombreuses années mon habile bras droit, à la section de photographie aérienne de l’Escadron 433Etac, Bagotville, Québec. J’exprime à son épouse et à sa famille mes plus sincères condoléances et aussi au nom de tous les militaires qui ont servi avec lui.

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  15. Violet and Joe Bailey :

    Our condolences to the family – you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Vi and Joe

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  16. Where there’s life,
    there’s suffering.

    Where there’s suffering,
    there are always lessons.

    Where there are lessons,
    there’s always growth.

    Where there’s growth,
    there’s always hope

    Never lose hope
    Many wonderful things await
    in the circle of life
    that far outweigh the
    times of sorrow.
    And all sorrow arrives
    with many unexpected blessings

    Leniczek

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  17. Lise Rinfret :

    My sincere condolences to Helen, Jennifer and Pamela and all their families. I will pray for him and think of you all in this special moment.

    À Denise, Claire et Pierre ainsi qu’à vos conjoints toutes mes sympathies.

    Your cousin, votre cousine Lise Rinfret.

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  18. Donald Bilodeau :

    Je suis un ami de Michelle Jean Rinfret, épouse de feu André Rinfret. J’offre mes condoléances à toute la belle-famille de Michelle.

    Donald Bilodeau.

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  19. René Baril :

    C’est avec grand regret d’apprendre le décès d’un ami et ancien confrère de travail. Jean et moi avons débuté notre cours de photo ensemble à Borden (ON) en 1971, pour ensuite servir en Europe (Baden) de 1977 à 1981. J’ai toujours connu Jean comme un leader, homme droit et franc. Je suis sur que mes copains du temps en pensait de même. Merci Jean pour ce que tu nous a apporté et laissé. La vie fut trop courte pour un ami comme toi. Repose-toi maintenant et veille sur nous tous, ancien militaire de l’aviation canadienne.
    Sincèrement, René Baril

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  20. Helen Rinfret :

    Our family would like to thank everyone who posted on line their condolences on the passing of my husband our father and grandfather Jean Albert Rinfret.
    He was an amazing man and will be greatly missed.
    To those Photo Techs who remembered and whom we had lost touch, your words of praise about Jean will be forever in our hearts.
    For family and friends, your support in our time of grief has been unwavering.
    Jean we will never forget you, especially as we are left with the task of going through the boxes of photos you took. I will always remember – photos not digital.
    Helen & Family.

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